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Sep 17, 2016 - Barcelona

We walked Las Ramblas to the waterfront. Christopher Columbus stands high above on a pedestal surveying the sea and city. We walked along the waterfront crossing a bridge to a wharf and passing the Baleric Island ferry dock, watched the huge ferry dock. We passed many restauranta, wandered through a shopping mall and eventually found a relatively busy little restaurant for dinner. Afterwards we wandered back to Las Ramblas trying to cross the bridge just as the bridge swung sideways to allow 2 sailboats through. We had a front row seat. One...

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Jun 29, 2016 - Barcelona

June 25 - 28 Hip, fashionable, Catalunya, art-full, busy, colorful, ocean breezes, Gaudi….these are just a few of the words that come to mind when thinking about Barcelona. The food is good, too! Once we checked into our hotel, we hit the streets. Well, we hit Las Ramblas, Spain’s most famous pedestrian boulevard. Our hotel was a short walk away, so we were staying near the action but not in it! Las Ramblas is about ¾ of a mile long and lined with leafy trees, beautiful old architecture, cafes, restaurants, and lots of those small...

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Jun 26, 2016 - Down and Out in Barcelona

The last couple days have been rest days for me (did too much and had my illness flare up)..having to rest more. The day that did me in was walking through the Maritime museum. It's huge and very modern. You'll have to check Facebook for pictures. That was the hottest day we've seen so far...about 86. We walked across the street to a floating mall...you walk over a huge bridge in the harbor and there's this gigantic multi-level mall. Susan had been wanting to try a McDonalds in Spain...just to see if there were some different menu items. It...

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Jun 22, 2016 - Back in Barcelona

I've reached my limit of pictures for a "free" journal so I'll be posting them to FB. Left Mallorca yesterday....exhausting day for a one hour flight. To keep from being charged another $30 for not having our own paper boarding passes we asked a shop owner in town if she could print them for us.... There are kind people everywhere... She was happy to.𯘀 When returning the rental car we asked the lady to look at the car to show it was in good condition...she said, oh, no, that's okay, I believe you, and besides your insurance would cover...

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Jun 15, 2016 - Dali Museum in Figueres

Took a taxi to the Sants train station....so confusing... We got our ticket and were standing in line to enter the underground where the trains are. Suddenly there were angry people yelling and screaming in our direction. Confused and a little nervous I just stood there watching....Sue told me they were angry at people who were trying to cut ahead of others in line. Then a lady comes to us and gives us different tickets... I'm continuing to be confused...finally made it downstairs but didn't know which line to stand in. At the last minute...

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Jun 14, 2016 - Hanging around El Born

We were going to take the train to the Dali museum but were told yesterday the train employees would be on strike today...so we're going to try for tomorrow. Today we just hung around our own neighborhood. They're still jack hammering the street outside our apartment....so time to get out. Found a nice Picasso poster for a gift, looked for shot glasses...still looking for something more unique. Ate lunch in the Placa de Santa Maria Del Mar. Enjoyed watching all the activity...a group of guys singing and doing acrobatic moves....flamenco...

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Jun 12, 2016 - Placa de Sant Jaume

Susan's friend Sandra, recommended a restaurant, Xaloc near Lad Ramblas. While on our way we ended up in a huge crowd of people in the Placa De Sant Jaume. They seemed to be celebrating but I have no idea what... they were building a human tower...many people on the bottom, climbing and balancing one on top of the other, then a small child climbed all the way to the top. So cool to be there for the moment. Lots of cute stores down the side streets. There was a toy shop owned by a guy from Hungary...cute stuff...expect presents Grandkids!...

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Jun 11, 2016 - Playa de Sant Sebastia

Finally made it to the beach. Ate at a beachside restaurant. Susan had steak tare tare which she enjoyed. I ordered a Ceasar salad with lobster....argh ....terrible. It was a small lump of salad drenched in sauce with a few small pieces of lobster that had no taste. Oh well, now I know. I asked if I could take the water bottle I ordered with me because it was a nice blue bottle and they said, sorry, no I couldn't. One waiter was trying to be nice and got me a plastic bottle, the other waiter came quickly and gave me a dirty look and...

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Jun 10, 2016 - Flamenco Dancers and Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar

Today looked at gifts, shoes, and jewelry in the local shops, ate lunch at our favorite local restaurant and check one more "must do" item off our list...watch the flamenco dancers. We finally ventured out at night. Loved the power and confidence on the flamenco dancer's face as she pounded her shoes on the floor. Total control, twirling her hands in the air, while tapping and then pounding her shoes on the floor. Really enjoyed the guitar player and singer as well. While walking back to the apartment we saw an old lady sitting high up on...

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Jun 9, 2016 - Catalunya Shopping

Saw the downtown area and department store, 9 floors, beautiful views at the top....but other than that just a modern, overpriced department store. Learned a new route on the Subway...still need to get to the beach, the Dali museum and our side trip to Majorca.

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Jun 8, 2016 - El Born

Hung out in our own neighborhood today. Went back to the Picasso museum store....stamps, new leather wallet, a cool summer hat and scarf, wonderful lunch at Santa Maria Del Mar complete with violinist...stores with leather makers...looking for a mailbox, which are round bright yellow containers on the street...hope you guys get your postcards...then back to our corner store to restock on fruit for me (cherries, peaches, bananas, apples, blueberries, raspberries) and bread and cheese for Sue. Possibly going to take the train to Salvador Dali...

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Jun 7, 2016 - Sagrada Familia Tour

Hopped on the Metro at Jaume 1 back to the Sagrada Familia cathedral with our reserved tickets....many security checks before we got in...very beautiful...decided to buy a book in English about Gaudi's Monument to Nature ". His idea being that nature is searching for existing geometry in animal, mineral and vegetable kingdoms...seeing his buildings are like seeing nature through Gaudi's eyes. Ate bangors and mash and fish and chips at an Irish pub called Dunne's...who would have thought. Walking through a plaza on our way back there were...

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